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How CBD Can Help with Panic Attacks and Anxiety

How CBD Can Help with Panic Attacks and Anxiety

WHAT IS AN ANXIETY OR PANIC ATTACK?

An anxiety attack or a panic attack feels like a sudden intense fear accompanied by symptoms of, a racing heart, sweating, shortness of breath, tingling, and feelings of being out of control, to name a few.

THE CLINICAL DESCRIPTION

The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5), published by the American Psychiatric Association, defines panic attacks as: A panic attack is a sudden episode of intense fear that triggers severe physical reactions when there is no real danger or apparent cause.

The DSM-5 suggests there is a difference between anxiety attacks and panic attacks.

The differences are an anxiety attack has mild symptoms, is of short or long duration, and the symptoms come on gradually whereas a panic attack has intense symptoms, is short in duration, and symptoms come on suddenly.

DOES CBD REALLY HELP WITH PANIC ATTACKS?

A study was done on CBD and fear of public speaking, a fear that most people will admit is commonly accepted to increase anxiety. In this study, a single dose of 300 mg. CBD decreased anxiety in healthy test volunteers.

Another study showed that after 600 mg. of CBD, there was a significant reduction in anxiety during public speaking. These results have been encouraging, leading to further studies on the effects of CBD and panic disorders.

WHAT SHOULD I DO FOR MY PANIC ATTACK?

When you experience an anxiety or panic attack, it is a highly unpleasant experience, and having the right information, help, and support is important. The more resources you have and the more you learn about how to manage it, the better. CBD may play a role in relieving the symptoms for some, but it is not a cure and should not be your only tool for managing a panic attack.

If you have a medical condition, this can contribute to panic attacks either from the condition itself or the stress it places on the body. Always consult your health care professional on the best course of action before taking CBD.

Feeling better and managing stress can simply be a matter of practice. When you begin to recognize you are having an anxiety or panic attack, give your body a chance to calm down. Go to a quiet place, take some slow deep breaths, close your eyes and turn down the noise inside your head. You can listen to soft music or a guided meditation.

Decide that you will be better and that you are managing it well. Get in touch with your body by allowing the feeling to be present, then feel or imagine it is leaving your body in whatever way feels good or right to you. Know that you will make it through, and you are doing well.

Once it has passed, begin to change your focus; rather than focusing on the anxiety attacks that have occurred, journal your progress on how successfully you have overcome them. Write down what you did and the changes that took place. This can reinforce all the positive changes you are making.

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CBD for Athletes: What You Need to Know About Cannabidiol

CBD for Athletes: What You Need to Know About Cannabidiol

Written by: Chris Carmichael
CEO/Head Coach of CTS

Athletes put a lot of stress on our bodies, to positive and negative effect. Training stress stimulates adaptation and increased performance, but physical trauma and prolonged wear and tear also lead to injuries and pain. Current methods of pain management are effective, but they’re also killing people. In search of improved sports recovery and safer pain relief, many people are asking about cannabidiol or CBD for athletes. Should you?

Chronic use of over-the-counter pain relievers (i.e. NSAIDs like ibuprofen and naproxen sodium) poses greater health risk than previously known, and we are in the midst of an epidemic of opioid addiction and overdoses that kill tens of thousands of Americans annually. In such a landscape, athletes are rightly curious about and eager for cannabidiols’ (CBD) promises of pain relief and reduced inflammation without the risks associated with NSAIDs or opioids.

Are CBD products right for you? There’s a lot here to unpack and consider, so get comfortable and read on.

Yes. Starting at the beginning of 2018, the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) removed CBD from the list of prohibited substances – in or out of competition. (Here is the 2020 WADA Prohibited List.) The US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) did the same, and they provide a “Marijuana FAQ” page to clarify the rules. There is an important caveat: ONLY CBD was removed from the prohibited list. The psychoactive component of marijuana, THC, is still prohibited in competition, as are synthetic cannabinoids. The specific wording is: “All natural and synthetic cannabinoids are prohibited, e.g.: In cannabis (hashish, marijuana) and cannabis products. Natural and synthetic tetrahydrocannabinols (THCs). Synthetic cannabinoids that mimic the effects of THC. Except: Cannabidiol.”

Interestingly, WADA set a urinary threshold of 150 nanograms per milliliter for THC, which is substantially more lenient than the previous limit of 15 nanograms per milliliter. The higher threshold is designed to lower the risk of an athlete testing positive due to casual use outside of competition. A USA Today article in 2016 quoted Ben Nichols, a spokesperson for WADA as saying, “Our information suggests that many cases do not involve game or event-day consumption. The new threshold level is an attempt to ensure that in-competition use is detected and not use during the days and weeks before competition.”

As for legality outside of sports, that’s a whole different matter. The federal, state, and local legality of cannabis and related products is constantly evolving. Check the laws in your area.

CBD Basics

Athletes can legally consume cannabidiol, but what is it, what does it do, and why would you use it?

To begin with, cannabinoids already exist in your body. Scientists have identified what they call the endocannibinoid system (ECS) that modulates the activity of neurons. (9) Cannabidiol (CBD) is a phytocannabinoid found naturally in the cannabis plant. Unlike THC, which is also found in cannabis, CBD is not psychoactive.

Beyond that, scientists understanding of how the ECS works and how CBD influences it is still evolving. For a long time, research in this area was hard to complete due to the legal status of marijuana. However, based on recent studies and 2018’s The Essentials of Pain Medicine, Fourth Ed., here are the basics (5).

Within your nervous system, two endocannabinoids (2-AG and EAE) are produced in postsynaptic neurons (downstream) and released into the synapse. They bind to CB1 and CB2 receptors on the presynaptic neuron (upstream) and act to inhibit the release of certain neurotransmitters. For instance when CBD is used to treat epilepsy, it may reduce seizure activity by – in part – reducing the buildup of glutamate, an excitatory neurotransmitter.

CB1 receptors are found throughout the brain, spinal cord, and other tissues. CB2 receptors are as well, but more of them are found in immune system tissues. CBD binding to CB1 receptors has a greater effect the central nervous system, and CBD binding to CB2 receptors has a greater effect on reducing inflammation.

The primary purpose of the ECS appears to be maintaining homeostasis, which it does by keeping neurotransmitter levels in check. Consuming CBD could be thought of as supplementing or increasing the activity of your body’s existing endocannabinoid system.

As an athlete you apply greater stress to your body, leading to pain and inflammation greater than what your endocannabinoid system can handle. Adding exogenous CBD may help this overloaded system get your neurotransmitters back under control and help athletes maintain homeostasis.

6 Benefits of CBD for Athletes

Relieve Pain

Studies have shown cannabis (mostly THC and far less CBD) is effective for reducing pain, including musculoskeletal pain from exercise, as well as stiff joints. (5) There is little research on CBD alone or a 1:1 ratio of THC to CBD. This is an area where anecdotal evidence and biological plausibility are the best we have until research catches up. Despite the lack of hard evidence, CBD does appear to relieve pain effectively for many athletes.

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Using CBD Oil for Anxiety: Does It Work?

Using CBD Oil for Anxiety: Does It Work?

Cannabidiol (CBD) is a type of cannabinoid, a chemical found naturally in cannabis (marijuana and hemp) plants. Early research is promising regarding the ability of CBD oil to help relieve anxiety.

Unlike tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), another type of cannabinoid, CBD doesn’t cause any feelings of intoxication or the “high” you may associate with cannabis.

Learn more about the potential benefits of CBD oil for anxiety, and whether it could be a treatment option for you.

How CBD works

The human body has many different receptors. Receptors are protein-based chemical structures that are attached to your cells. They receive signals from different stimuli.

CBD is thought to interact with CB1 and CB2 receptors. These receptors are mostly found in the central nervous system and the peripheral nervous system, respectively.

The exact way CBD affects CB1 receptors in the brain isn’t fully understood. However, it may alter serotonin signals.

Serotonin, a neurotransmitter, plays an important role in your mental health. Low serotonin levels are commonly associated with people who have depression. In some cases, not having enough serotonin may also cause anxiety.

The conventional treatment for low serotonin is a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI), such as sertraline (Zoloft) or fluoxetine (Prozac). SSRIs are only available by prescription.

Some people with anxiety may be able to manage their condition with CBD instead of an SSRI. However, you should talk to your doctor before making changes to your treatment plan.

Research and Evidence

Several studies point to the potential benefits of CBD for anxiety

For generalized anxiety

For generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) says that CBD has been shown to reduce stress in animals such as rats.

Study subjects were observed as having lower behavioral signs of anxiety. Their physiological symptoms of anxiety, such as increased heart rate, also improved.

More research needs to be done, specifically on humans and GAD.

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For other forms of anxiety

CBD may also benefit people with other forms of anxiety, such as social anxiety disorder (SAD) and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). It may help treat anxiety-induced insomnia as well.

In 2011, a study researched CBD’s effects on people with SAD. Participants were given an oral dose of 400 milligrams (mg) of CBD or a placebo. Those who received CBD experienced overall reduced anxiety levels.

Multiple recent studies have shown that CBD can help with PTSD symptoms, such as having nightmares and replaying negative memories. These studies have looked at CBD as both a standalone PTSD treatment as well as a supplement to traditional treatments like medication and cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT).

For other neurological disorders

CBD has also been studied in other neurological disorders

A 2017 literature review on CBD and psychiatric disorders concluded that there isn’t enough evidence to tout CBD as an effective treatment for depression.

The authors did find some evidence to suggest that CBD could help with anxiety disorders. However, these studies were uncontrolled. This means that the participants weren’t compared to a separate group (or “control”) that might have received a different treatment — or no treatment at all.

Based on their review, more human tests are needed to better understand how CBD works, what the ideal dosages should be, and if there are potential side effects or hazards.

2016 studyTrusted Source found that CBD can have antipsychotic effects in people with schizophrenia. Moreover, CBD doesn’t cause the significant debilitating side effects associated with some antipsychotic drugs.

Dosage

If you’re interested in trying CBD oil for your anxiety, talk to your doctor. They can help you figure out a starting dosage that’s right for you.

However, the nonprofit National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) does advise that very few commercially available products contain enough CBD to replicate the therapeutic effects seen in clinical trials.

In a 2018 study, male subjects received CBD before undergoing a simulated public speaking test. The researchers found that an oral dose of 300 mg, administered 90 minutes before the test, was enough to significantly reduce the speakers’ anxiety.

Members of the placebo group and study subjects who received 150 mg saw little benefit. The same was true for subjects who received 600 mg.

The study only looked at 57 subjects, so it was small. More research, including studies that look at female subjects, is needed to determine the appropriate dosage for people with anxiety.

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CBD as a Therapeutic Option

CBD as a Therapeutic Option

We are beginning a love affair with CBD as a therapeutic option. The conversation is no longer about will medical marijuana work but how to use CBD for maximum therapeutic benefit.

Currently medical marijuana patients are using CBD-rich products to treat a wide range of conditions, from chronic pain, cancer, Crohn’s, diabetes, arthritis, PTSD, brain injury, schizophrenia, anxiety, antibiotic-resistant infections, multiple sclerosis,  and others . There are Academic studies underway now in the United States and elsewhere to learn about the effects of CBD on these and other ailments.

Preclinical research and clinical studies have shown that CBD can change gene expression and remove beta amyloid plaque, the hallmark of Alzheimer’s from brain cells. The current research studies are showing that CBD has powerful anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory, anticonvulsant, anti-depressant, anti-psychotic, anti-tumoral, and neuroprotective qualities.

Which is better CBD or Marijuana?

Cannabidiol and THC interact synergistically. CBD enhances THC’s painkilling and anticancer properties, while lessening THC’s psychoactivity. CBD can also take the edge off the adverse effects caused by too much THC. The bottom line is CBD broadens the range of conditions treatable with cannabis, such as liver, cardiovascular and metabolic disorders, which may be less responsive to THC-dominant remedies. CBD and THC both stimulate neurogenesis, the creation of new brain cells, in adult mammals.

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A Better Nights Sleep Starts with CBD

A Better Nights Sleep Starts with CBD

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According to the American Sleep Association:

Nearly 70 million Americans have a sleep disorder

Insomnia is the most common sleep disorder, with 30% of adults experiencing short-term insomnia

About 10% of people have long-lasting insomnia

Almost 40% of people report accidentally falling asleep during the day

About 5% report falling asleep while driving

35% of people are getting less than the needed seven hours of sleep to maintain good health. 37% of people age 20-39 are reporting sleeping less, while 40% of people age 40–59 are getting very little sleep, and report waking up frequently during the night.

To address this, Americans have spent an estimated $41 billion on sleeping aids and drugs; this number is expected to jump to $52 billion by the end of 2020.

How can CBD help with insomnia?

Researchers discovered that the endocannabinoid system plays a role in maintaining the circadian rhythms. Some research has shown that the cannabinoid CBD may interact with specific receptors, potentially affecting the sleep/wake cycle. 

CBD is has shown in some studies to reduce anxiety and pain, which can interfere with a good nights sleep. By helping with these underling issues it can contribute to a relaxing sound-sleep.

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CBD Oil and the Effects on the Brain

CBD Oil and the Effects on the Brain

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What is CBD oil?

There are many questions about CBD oil: What is CBD? What is THC? Is it legal? Is it the same as marijuana?

molecular structure of CBD

In a recent interview with Dr. Russell Zwanka, a Siena College Food Marketing Researcher and a published author on CBD oil, he broke down exactly what CBD is and what you need to know. According to Dr. Zwanka, inside the cannabis plant is more than a hundred of what are called “cannabinoids.” CBD is a one of the cannabinoids inside the plant with less than 0.3 percent THC. THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol, is another cannabinoid inside the cannabis plant.

Both CBD and THC have effects on the body and especially the brain receptors associated with thinking, memory, pleasure, coordination, and time perception, but in very different ways. THC is a psychoactive substance and causes the “high” feeling whereas CBD is not a psychoactive cannabinoid.

What are the effects of CBD oil on your brain?

CBD has been known to provide relief for ailments such as inflammation, arthritis, help with sleep, bone growth, bone disease, seizures, anxiety, and certain types of cancer. With millions of these claims, it begs the question, what is it doing to our brains and our bodies?

According to Leafly, when a substance reaches the brain after hitting the bloodstream, it will “influence brain activity by interacting with receptors and neurons.”

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What is a CBD Tincture?

What is a CBD Tincture?

Tinctures are without a doubt a mainstay for hemp extract enthusiasts, carving a niche in the CBD world since the legalization of the 2018 Farm Bill.

A tincture is any type of plant extract dissolved in alcohol. Traditionally, old-fashioned tinctures were made (and still are) with alcohol, vodka, or other spirits. Technically, not all CBD extracts are tinctures but they have come to be called tinctures. To be a true tincture, alcohol must be used; if alcohol is not used, then it is technically an extract. Technically, Fortunate Source CBD is an extract. We use Supercritical (sCO 2) to extract the CBD. Nevertheless, the mainstream is accepting “tincture” as the popular word to describe CBD oils, which can be confusing.

Fortunate Source CBD

Fortunate Source CBD

Fortunate Source CBD comes in small portable bottles. These bottles are easy to tote around, and come in amber, glass to protect the product from sunlight. Fortunate Source uses MCT as the carrier oil, as a result our CBD tincture has a 24 month shelf-life rather than the 12 month with a hemp oil as the carrier oil. Fortunate Source Broad-spectrum and Full-spectrum also contain countless other cannabinoids, terpenes, and other organic compounds found naturally in the hemp plant. The CBD Isolate we carry is exactly that; isolated CBD with nothing else except of course the carrier oil.

CBD Tincture: How to Use it

CBD Tinctures are extremely versatile – they can be used orally or sublingually. While these two methods of action both involve taking CBC Tincture via your mouth, they actually have fairly different outcomes.

Fortunate Source CBD oils have a small (measured) dropper top. Users can administer them orally by dropping the tincture into the mouth and swallowing it. This causes the CBD to be absorbed via the stomach, and processed through the digestive system before reaching the bloodstream. If you choose this method it is best to take it with food for better absorption.

Sublingual usage is when the CBD Tincture is applied directly under the tongue and held for at least 30 seconds. This area is rich in blood vessels and is protected by extremely thin skin. This application introduces the CBE directly into the bloodstream. This way is fast acting and a more direct way to experience the CBD than when tincture is swallowed.

Should I Use a CBD Tincture?

CBD Tinctures are one of the most popular ways to use hemp extracts; their portable, easy to use, have long shelf life, and offer versatile choices for administering. You can add the CBD tinctures to tea, coffee, sports drinks and more. Fortunate Source offers a proprietary blend of mint, and berry along with the natural flavor which is virtually flavorless. We also offer free shipping on any size order sent directly to you. To see the line of CBD Tinctures and learn more about each product, check out our online CBD store.

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CBD: For Sleep and Insomnia

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What Are Cannabinoids and CBD?

In recent years, the use of marijuana and CBD for the treatment of a variety of conditions has risen significantly. Specifically, CBD has been found to have potential health benefits for symptoms like insomnia. Here’s a little background on what CBD is and how it impacts your sleep and body.

Cannabinoids are chemical compounds that bind or attach to certain receptors in the central nervous system and act as chemical messengers. Depending on the specific cannabinoid, it may have varied effects on the body.

The most well-known and probably most researched cannabinoids include cannabidiol (CBD) and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). We know that THC is the cannabinoid that leads to the “buzz or high” from cannabis use. CBD differs from THC and does not cause psychoactive effects or a “high.” Because it does not cause the psychoactive effects and it might help certain conditions, such as pain, anxiety, and insomnia, CBD is gaining traction as a possible treatment for several diseases.

The Endocannabinoid System and Sleep

Researchers discovered that the endocannabinoid system plays a role in maintaining certain body functions, such as mood, appetite, sleep, and regulating circadian rhythms. Within the endocannabinoid system is a network of cannabinoid receptors in the brain and central nervous system.The two primary receptors identified are CB1 and CB2.

Cannabinoids attach to these cells and have various effects. As far as how they may affect sleep, some research indicates that the cannabinoid CBD may interact with specific receptors, potentially affecting the sleep/wake cycle.

Additionally, CBD may also decrease anxiety and pain, which can both interfere with restful sleep. By reducing certain symptoms, it’s also possible that sleep may improve.

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Using CBD (Cannabidiol) to Treat the Symptoms of Alzheimer’s & Other Dementias

CBD Health Benefits for Dementia

The dementia-related conditions that can be helped by CBD include: Alzheimer’s disease, Vascular Dementia, Dementia with Lewy bodies (DLB), Parkinson’s disease, Frontotemporal dementia and Huntington’s disease.

According to researchers at California’s Salk Institute, their 2017 study has found evidence that cannabinoids such as CBD could help remove dementia from, and increase connections between, brain cells. Those results were validated by other laboratories. While the US Food and Drug Administration has yet to approve a CBD drug for the purposes of treating dementia, it has approved a CBD-based drug for treating epilepsy.

There are three ways CBD can work to improve health outcomes for persons with dementia: by reducing inflammation, by reducing oxygen buildup, and by working as a brain stimulant and neuroprotectant. From a user’s perspective, CBD may reduce stress and anxiety in the individual with dementia as well as reduce the decline of memory and other brain functions.

It should be noted that much controversy surrounds CBD and the claims companies have made as to its positive effects. The FDA warns that CBD can cause liver injury (as shown in some animal experiments with super high doses) and affect metabolism of other drugs. The agency also says that long-term side effects remain unknown.

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CBD Significantly Improves Blood Flow to Brain’s Hippocampus, New Findings Show

 Aug 16, 2020 | Original story by UCL

A single dose of cannabidiol (CBD) helped increase blood flow to the hippocampus, an important area of the brain associated with memory and emotion, finds a new study led by UCL researchers.

Researchers say the findings could be an important discovery for conditions which affect memory, such as Alzheimer’s disease and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and could help better target therapies.

In the study, published in the Journal of Psychopharmacology, researchers set out to investigate how CBD influences cerebral blood flow in different regions on the brain involved in memory processing.

Lead author, Dr Michael Bloomfield (UCL Psychiatry) said: “Cannabidiol is one of the main constituents of cannabis and is gaining interest for its therapeutic potential.

“There is evidence that CBD may help reduce symptoms of psychosis and anxiety. There is some evidence to suggest that CBD may improve memory function.